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Re: setting up WiFi adapter (Broadcom BCM4321 14e4:4328 chipset) in latest version of Debian

I have the same problem as the original poster! In synaptic I have
installed the relevant driver packages for my broadcom wifi card. Here
are outputs from some of the commands suggested to use above:

kjetil@kjetil:~$ lspci | grep "BCM"
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)

lsmod | grep "BCM"   -> no output
dmesg | grep "BCM"   -> no output

kjetil@kjetil:~$ sudo ifconfig -a
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1b:24:63:ae:59
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::21b:24ff:fe63:ae59/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:42361 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:29133 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:46260691 (44.1 MiB)  TX bytes:4317285 (4.1 MiB)
          Interrupt:20 Base address:0x2000

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:291 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:291 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:8439 (8.2 KiB)  TX bytes:8439 (8.2 KiB)

(That is, no output for wireless!)

kjetil@kjetil:~$ nm-tool

NetworkManager Tool

State: connected (global)

- Device: eth0  [Wired connection 1] -------------------------------------------
  Type:              Wired
  Driver:            forcedeth
  State:             connected
  Default:           yes
  HW Address:        00:1B:24:63:AE:59

    Carrier Detect:  yes
    Speed:           100 Mb/s

  Wired Properties
    Carrier:         on

  IPv4 Settings:
    Prefix:          24 (


(again, no output for wireless is seen!)

Is there anything I can do manually to install the relevant driver in
the kernel, as it is installed on my system, by the debian package
firmware-b43-installer, broadcom-sta-common, broadcom-sta-source.


On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 15:09, Nitebirdz <nitebirdz@sacredchaos.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 01, 2011 at 12:07:24PM -0800, Colin Reinhardt wrote:
>> Im new to Debian/Linux...
>> I have tried following the Debian Wireless-HowTo and other related
>> Linux WiFi HowTos.
>> I downloaded and installed the firmware-b43-installer and
>> b43-fwcutter, (synaptic shows them as installed packages now).
>> In Gnome, using network-manager (applet) there is nothing about
>> wireless networks shown at all, only my wired LAN ethernet network is
>> an option.
>> How can I tell if my PCI card is being detected and firmware loaded
>> correctly, and what are the next steps to get WiFi working?
>> Thanks, Colin
> Commands like 'lspci' and 'lshw' should help you figure out whether or not
> the actual hardware is detected.  Then, 'lsmod' displays whether or not
> the kernel module is loaded.  You can also run 'ifconfig -a' as root.  As
> far as I know, even if the interface is not configured, it should still
> show it in the output, as long as it is detected and the kernel module is
> successfully loaded.
> Here is a troubleshooting document that may be of some help, even though
> it was written for Ubuntu:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessTroubleShootingGuide
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